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DOD calls for proactive spending cuts to deal with fallout from ongoing FY’13 budget woes

By Eileen De Guire / January 17, 2013

The peaceful exterior of the Capitol building belies the contentious budget battles within that Congress faces in the next six weeks. Credit: Architect of the Capitol; Wikipedia. Sigh. The nation welcomed 2013 by breathing a collective sigh of relief when Congress and President Obama spent their New Year’s Eves beating each other up to avert…

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Federal budget 2012—Congress starts committing to R&D funding

By Eileen De Guire / December 19, 2011

Congress has finalized the first three of twelve parts of the FY’12 federal budget. So far, things look relatively promising for STEM R&D. Credit: Congressional Budget Office. In November Congress approved three parts of President Obama’s $3.5 trillion budget request for FY 2012, which began Oct. 1, 2011. Why only three? To make the budget…

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Patent reform working its way through Congress and 8,000,000th patent issued

By Eileen De Guire / August 18, 2011

The US Patent and Trademark Office issued Patent Number 8,000,000 to Second Sight Medical Products for its retinal prosthesis device. Meanwhile, patent reform is working its way through Congress. Credit: USPTO website. Ten years in the making, patent reform is getting close to becoming law. When it passes, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R. 1249)…

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